Inalienable Possessionstests anthropology’s traditional assumptions about kinship, Annette B. Weiner . Afterword: The Challenge of Inalienable Possessions. : Inalienable Possessions: The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving ( ): Annette B. Weiner: Books. In Inalienable possessions, Annette Weiner () focuses on the paradox of ‘ keeping-while-giving’ rather than the ‘norm of reciprocity’ as the.

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As a result, most seek to exchange their kula valuables with chiefs, who thus become the most successful players.

Inalienable possessions

This page was last edited on 1 Augustat He states that these objects are “durable wealth [that] is collective property that is continually in circulation among persons who have temporary possession of it.

David Ricardo Murray N. Calling attention to their presence in Western history, Weiner points out that her formulations are not limited to Oceania. Common terms and phrases A. Weiner Limited preview – Weiner No preview available – The subtitle of Weiner’s book is “The paradox of keeping-while-giving”; they are given as gifts not sold yet still retain a tie to their owners.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Reciprocity, she says, is only the superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of “keeping-while-giving. That ownership may be a bundle of rights held in common by groups of individuals or lineages.

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Power is intimately involved in cultural reproduction, and Weiner describes the inlienable of power in each society, showing how the degree of control over the production and distribution of cloth wealth coincides with women’s rank and the development of hierarchy in the community.

Theuws, Frans, Van Rhijn, Carine, eds. She further argues that inalienable possessions gain the “mana” spirit of their possessors, and so become associated with them.


It is even incorrect to speak in these cases of transfer. But this prestige is fleeting and does not transform into permanent differences in rank because women’s participation is minor and Kula shells lack cosmological authentication. For example, in Polynesiathe woman as a sister appears to control those goods associated with the sacredthe ancestors, and the gods.

These inalienable possessions are a form of property that is inalienable, yet they can be exchanged. Inalienable possessions or immovable property are things such as land or objects that are posessions identified with the groups that own them and so cannot be permanently severed from them. Please, subscribe or login inalienzble access full text content. Theuws argues that “Over time, objects acquire new meanings and what was once a humble pot may become a sacred vessel.

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The book is also important for introducing a consideration of gender in the gift-giving debate by placing women at the heart of the political process. However, insofar as these inalienable possessions lose their cosmological authentication, these social hierarchies lose intergenerational longevity.

Print Save Cite Email Share. In addition, gift-giving plays an important role in the cultural development of how social and business relations evolve in major economies such as in wfiner case of the Chinese. Annette Weiner broadened the application of the category of property outside the European context with her book Inalienable Possessions: California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service.

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Inalienable Possessions The Forgotten Dimension. Godelier contends that Weiner refocuses attention on the role of women in constructing and legitimizing power. The development of Polynesian kingdoms is an example. The Forgotten Dimension Inalienable Possessions: Focusing on Oceania societies from Polynesia to Papua New Guinea and including Australian Aborigine groups, Annette Weiner investigates the category of possessions that must not be given or, if they are circulated, must return finally to the giver.


Croft Intangible Intellectual indigenous Personal Tangible immovable real. He derived two theses from Weiner, to which he adds a third. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As discussed above, even in a society that is dominated by a gift-giving economic and moral code, the interplay of gift and counter-gift doesn’t completely dominate the social sphere, as there must be some objects which are kept and not given. Acequia watercourse Ejido agrarian land Forest types Huerta Inheritance Land tenure Property law alienation easement restraint on alienation real estate title.

The more stratified a society becomes as in Hawaiithe closer the sibling bond “sibling intimacy”. Moreover, they acknowledge differences of identity of individuals or groups linked by various kinds of exchanges. Only gifts that are “immoveable property” can become inalienable gifts. These possessions created in and authenticated by The Dreaming circulate from one person or group to another in a limited way. Inalienable Possessions tests anthropology’s traditional assumptions about kinship, economics, power, and gender in an exciting challenge to accepted theories of reciprocity and marriage exchange.

The Paradox of Keeping-while-giving Annette B.

Inalienable Possessions: The Forgotten Dimension

University of California Press. They are loans rather than sales or true abandonment of possessions. Original affluent society Formalist unalienable substantivist debate The Great Transformation Peasant economics Culture of poverty Political economy State formation Nutritional anthropology Heritage commodification Anthropology of development.

Reciprocity, she says, is only the superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of “keeping-while-giving.